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Raymond T. McNally – A Clutch of Vampires

Posted by demonik on September 21, 2007

Raymond T. McNally (ed.) – A Clutch of Vampires (NEL, 1974)

clutch of vampires

Introduction – Raymond T. McNally

Phlegon of Tralles – Philinnion
Philostratus – Menippus And Apollonius
Jan Jacob Maria de Groot – A Chinese Vampire
Walter Map – Vampire In A Knight’s Household
William Of Newburgh – Two Twelfth Century Vampires
Henry More – Sixteenth Century Vampire In Silisia
Erasmus Franciscus – Seventeenth-Century Vampire In An Austrian Province
Augustin Calmet – An Eighteenth-Century Look At Vampires
Letter by an Austrian Imperial Army Officer – Hungarian Antidote Against Vampires
John Polidori – The Vampyre
J. S. Le Fanu – Carmilla
Augustus Hare – Croglin Grange Vampire
New york World – Vampires In And Near Newport, Rhode Island
William Seabrook – Vampire From Brooklyn, N.Y.
Montague Summers – Vampires In Modern Greece
W. R. S. Ralston – A Russian Vampire
Madame Blavatsky – Another Russian Vampire
Ion Creanga & The Institute of Folklore, Bucharest – Five Romanian Vampires
Lawrence Durrell – Vampire In Venice
Robert Bloch – The Living Dead
Stephen Grendon (August Derleth) – The Drifting Snow
Richard Matheson – Drink My Red Blood
Bram Stoker – Dracula’s Guest
Montague Summers – are Vampires Less Frequent Today?
Raymond T. McNally – A Contemporary Romanian Vampire

An unusual collection spanning fact, “fact”, folklore and out and out fiction, with many of the stories familiar from Peter Haining’s The Midnight People rubbing shoulders with Henry More, Augustin Calmet, Montague Summers and Philostratus.

It concludes with McNally telling us of his recent visit to Romania and an episode he witnessed at the funeral of a young girl who’d died by her own hand …

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Groff Conklin – Twisted

Posted by demonik on September 21, 2007

 Groff Conklin – (ed) – Twisted   (NEL 4 Square 1965)

Groff Conklin Twisted

An unholy bible of weird tales by fifteen masters of the supernatural

Ray Bradbury – The Playground
George Langelaan – The Other Hand
David H. Keller – The Thing In The Cellar
Guy de Maupassant – The Diary Of A Madman
Stephen Crane – The Upturned Face
William W. Stewart – The Little Man Who Wasnt Quite
Will F. Jenkins – Night Drive
Walter M. Miller Jr. – The Song Of Marya
Stephen Grendon – Mrs Manifold
Ambrose Bierce – A Holy Terror
Eric Frank Russell – Impulse
Margaret St. Clair  – Brenda
Edgar Allan Poe – The Tell-Tale Heart
H. P. Lovecraft – The Shunned House
Theodore Sturgeon – The World Well Lost

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Kurt Singer – 2nd Ghost Omnibus

Posted by demonik on September 15, 2007

Kurt Singer – 2nd Ghost Omnibus (Nel-Four Square, Dec 1967)

Singer 2nd omnibus

“Be warned – This book could be your passport to a coffin.”

Seabury Quinn – Lords Of The Ghostlands
Robert Bloch – The Druidic Doom
A. W. Calder – Song Of Death
Thorp McClusky – The Graveyard Horror
Gardner F. Fox – Rain, Rain, Go away
Gans T. Field (Manly Wade Wellman) – The Half-Haunted
Stephen Grendon (August Derleth) – The Blue Spectacles
Seabury Quinn – Catspaws

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August Derleth – The Night Side

Posted by demonik on September 14, 2007

August Derleth (ed.) – The Night Side (4-Square 1966; originally Rinehart, 1947)

August Derleth – Foreword

H. P. Lovecraft – The Colour Out Of Space
H. R. Wakefield – The First Sheaf
MacKinlay Kantor – The Moon-Caller
Stephen Grendon (August Derleth) – The Extra Passenger
John Metcalfe – The Smoking Leg
R. Creighton-Buck – Joshua
Robert Bloch – Enoch
A. E. Coppard – Cheese
Margery Lawrence – Mr. Minchin’s Midsummer
Henry Kuttner – Mimsy Were The Borogroves
Howard Wandrei – The Eerie Mr. Murphy
Ray Bradbury – The Smiling People
Denys Val Baker – The Face In The Mirror
Alan Nelson – Professor Pfaff’s Last Recital
Nelson Bond – The Mask Of Medusa
John D. Swain – One Head Well Done
Henry A. Norton – Sammy Calls A Noobus
H. F. Arnold – The Night Wire
Mary E. Counselman – The Three Marked Pennies

In the interests of completism but also because I happen to rate this as one of Derleth’s very best – I can’t believe it’s not on here but it doesn’t seem to be around. According to Derleth, Arnold’s The Night Wire was the most popular story even published in Weird Tales (The Three Marked Pennies was second). Howard Wandrei’s The Eerie Mr. Murphy made the cut in John Pelan’s list of the centuries 100 best horror stories and Nelson Bond’s The Mask Of Medusa not only spawned a fetching cover illustration it’s also a decent Gorgon story.

Yet another one goes on top of the leaning tower of ‘to re-read’ pile.

I’ve also dug out a hardcover of Derleth’s Sleep No More (Farrar & Rinehart, 1944) illustrated by Lee Coye which I’ll put up sometime. I’m not sure if there was ever a UK edition?

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